Two vets are hoping to raise £2,000 for disadvantaged pets in Leeds and Bradford by cycling from Land’s End to John O’Groats later this month.

Rob Beardshall (left) and James Wood will be cycling from Land’s End to John O’Groats.

James Wood and Rod Beardshall, clinic directors with White Cross Vets, will be riding for up to 145 miles a day for seven consecutive days to raise money for the White Cross Charitable Trust.

The trust distributes funds to needy and deserving pets in the local community to help keep people and their pets together for longer.

Last year the two men successfully completed a one-day 129-mile coast-to-coast cycling challenge, which included several punishing climbs. They cycled from Workington in Cumbria to Sunderland in just nine hours and 20 minutes, and raised £6,000 for the fund.

Mr Wood, from White Cross Vets’ Roundhay practice in Leeds, and Mr Beardshall, from the Guiseley practice, are both keen cyclists, but have never undertaken such a challenge.

Mr Wood said: “One hundred and twenty-nine miles is the furthest we have ever ridden, so this is definitely going to be a huge test for us. We have set a target of £2,000, or about £2 per mile, and we would love to achieve this.

Every penny raised will be used by the White Cross Fund, which gives financial assistance to owners unable to afford necessary lifesaving treatment for their pets.”

Mr Beardshall said they hoped people would support their endeavours by sponsoring them.

“The money we raised last year has already been put to good use and despite the fact this is going to be an absolutely exhausting feat, it will be well worth it to help both owners and pets that are often enduring some very harrowing situations,” he said.

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